We all need help at one time or another in life. I can’t tell you the number of people who have helped me: family, friends, acquaintances and even strangers. I’m a writer and in my own way, within my limited resources, I would like to help other writers.
Hello hello hello, my brother and sister readers and writers from all over the world! The Old Soldier is about to head out into the cold for Little Italy here in Pittsburgh, four blocks from my apartment building, in search of ideas about life and writing; but I thought I would publish this post before I face the elements. Well, at least it’s warmer today than it was yesterday. Ten degrees really make a difference. The high today will be around 32 degrees.
I often like to say that the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is a magazine published by a writer for other writers.
I try to live up to that statement in several ways.
The Submissions Department is now open year round. This magazine is a paying market. There is a category full of useful tips on how to write flash fiction. There is a constant flow of posts that try to offer moral support and comfort to a writer in his or her struggles with words and the act of creation.
I mustn’t forget the short stories of the guest writers who have made it into the magazine. The stories are great examples to all of us of what can be accomplished in flash fiction if a writer has commitment, perseverance, talent and a little luck.
And there’s one more thing. It is not easy to get published in the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette; but if you do you enter the charmed circle of writers that I depend on year round for first-class flash fiction. In other words, you have a steady paying gig.
So, help is not only on the way, it is already here.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.